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October 12 - October 18
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October Member Master Class (Bell Member Exclusive)

Tuesday 10/13/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This month in the Member Master Class series we’re joined by Nadia Abuisnaineh, NASA solar system ambassador and Bell statewide star party coordinator, to learn more about the stars, constellations, and planets we see from Minnesota, and the upcoming missions from NASA that push the boundaries of space exploration. These virtual interactive classes are great for learners of all ages. Registration is free but requested in advance. Register today!

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Illustration of brain synapses

Mysteries of Your Brain: Premiere

Thursday 10/15/2020
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Join us for the opening weekend of our new planetarium show! It's all brains, all day in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. 

In addition to the planetarium program, enjoy ongoing activities in the Touch & See Lab.

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October 19 - October 25
trees and connected dots

Probable Meets Possible: When life gets weird (online event)

Wednesday 10/21/2020
Free

What do microbes that live on glaciers and in snow on Earth tell us about the potential for life on Mars? What can a cell made from scratch in a lab reveal about how life may have originated here on Earth—and beyond? Research on extremophiles (microbes that live in extreme conditions) and synthetic cells (artificial life forms made from scratch in the lab), provide unique takes on life that may shed important insights into space travel and extraterrestrial life? Join…

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Cat's Eye Nebula

October Virtual Star Party

Friday 10/23/2020
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Registration link coming soon!

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October 26 - November 01
Sketch of toad, butterfly, ladybug

Nature Obscura: A Conversation with Naturalist and Author Kelly Brenner (online event)

Tuesday 10/27/2020

With wonder and a sense of humor, Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover our connection to the natural world that is just outside our front door—we just need to know where to look. Through photographs, stories, and conversation, Kelly will introduce us to some of the overlooked nature that lives in our cities and offer tips on how to find it.  Event will be hosted online via Zoom. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for…

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November 09 - November 15
Family stargazing outside with a telescope

Minnesota’s Second Annual Statewide Star Party: Celebrating our Dark Skies

Monday 11/09/2020
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

When you look up at the night sky, do you ever wonder how different it would look under really dark skies? What others across the state can see compared to what you see in your town? We are planning a week of virtual events, where night sky experts from across the state can participate and share their experiences and efforts to celebrate and protect our night sky. The events will be held November 9–14, 2020. Together, you and your community will join others across the state in observing stars, planets and other astronomical objects, considering what it means to have dark skies, and understanding how light pollution affects our view (and what we can do about that).

We’re seeking sites and partners from across the state, including community organizations, libraries, planetariums, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, and universities, to host public sky watching sessions throughout the weekend. Interested sites and partners are invited to fill out an application form! Selected sites will receive materials, including activity kits, logistical support, and training to help them prepare for hosting a successful event.

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  • Tuesday11/10/2020
    7:30 pm
  • Wednesday11/11/2020
    7:30 pm
  • Thursday11/12/2020
    7:30 pm
  • Friday11/13/2020
    7:30 pm
  • Saturday11/14/2020
    7:30 pm
  • Sunday11/15/2020
    7:30 pm
March 08 - March 14
4 members of the Spektral Quartet playing on strings

Spektral Quartet

Friday 03/12/2021

Multi-Grammy nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Since its inception in 2010, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming. In the Fall of 2019, Spektral Quartet and the Adler Planetarium brought light and darkness – and the mysterious space in between – into orbit through Enigma, a new multimedia…

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  • Friday03/12/2021
    9:00 pm
  • Saturday03/13/2021
    7:00 pm
  • Saturday03/13/2021
    9:00 pm
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